Students tend to neglect this and, as a consequence, their end product does not fulfill the task assigned. It is very important to discuss anything that you do not understand with your teacher as soon as possible. Sometimes students do not do this because they are afraid of appearing stupid in the eyes of the instructor or their fellow students. This is a huge mistake! Not only will a good teacher answer all of your questions but will also notice that you are genuinely interested in writing a quality term paper.